water quality

Water Quality Looks Great for the 2019 Publix Grandman Triathlon

Water Quality Looks Great for the 2019 Publix Grandman Triathlon

So far every one of our results has been well below the EPA threshold for swimming advisories! This is great news for Grandman swimmers and Mobile Bay lovers alike. The final bacteria sample will be taken on Thursday May 30th and analyzed at Mobile Baykeeper’s lab in Mobile. Results will be available on Friday May 31st (the day before the race) midday. Mobile Baykeeper will make the final call on the swim course based on the results of this sample.

First Annual SWAMP Bi-County Conference

First Annual SWAMP Bi-County Conference

Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Weeks Bay Resource Center for our first Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bi-County Conference.

Water Quality Update Round 2: Reasons Why Our Test Results Are Different than ADEM's.

Water Quality Update Round 2: Reasons Why Our Test Results Are Different than ADEM's.

Mobile Baykeeper’s number one priority is the safety and health of our members and the community. We will always defer to the more protective test results and therefore at this time we are still advising swimmers to exercise caution at the Fairhope Beach.

Breach Discovered in Fairhope Sewage Outfall Line

Breach Discovered in Fairhope Sewage Outfall Line

Thanks to the help of a number of concerned citizens, the City of Fairhope recently discovered a breach in the outfall line from the sewage treatment plant. This is alarming because the breach is allowing treated sewage to discharge approximately 475 feet from the shore into Mobile Bay in only 3-4 feet of water.

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Begins Today Despite Sewage Threats

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Begins Today Despite Sewage Threats

Though millions of Alabamians are ready for summer outdoor recreation, their nearby sewage treatment facilities may not be. Alabama still lacks comprehensive regulations for minimum standards of public notification when sewage spills occur.

Recap of Our First Apple Snail Roundup of the Year 

First Apple Snail Roundup of the Year

By: Sarah Hogan, AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Member

We were greeted with a beautiful day on Saturday March 24 to launch our first Apple Snail Roundup of 2018. There were many familiar faces and lots of new ones who came out to help us remove apple snails from Langan Park.

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Because the temperatures are cooler this time of year compared to the summer months, not as many snails were out and active. They avoid the cold by staying in deeper water and reducing their activity levels. However, this did not prevent our group from collecting 462 snails and 660 egg clusters! What a great effort by our incredible volunteers!

This roundup had the added plus of the Goodwill Easter Seals' recycling trailer being on site at Langan Park. As a result, we were able to sort out a significant amount of recyclable materials from our overall collection of litter. There were approximately 450 pieces of trash collected from the park, which could have easily ended up in our waterways if it wasn’t for all of the volunteers who helped do their part.

 

About Apple Snails

Because an invasive species, apple snails have no natural predator in this area. Our goal is to prevent them from spreading further beyond Three Mile Creek into the Mobile River and Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The snails will continue to grow in masses and eat their way through the local vegetation, causing an imbalance to our local ecosystem. One of the most alarming features of the snails is their capability to reproduce several times during our warmer months. The apple snails’ eggs are sticky, smelly, bubble-gum pink and found deposited along the water’s edge.

Each individual egg cluster can contain hundreds to several thousands of eggs. 

Each individual egg cluster can contain hundreds to several thousands of eggs. 

Extra Incentives

One of our community partners, Red Beard's Outfitters, graciously donated some goodies for a give away! Our volunteers who filled out the event survey were entered into a drawing to receive either a hat, t-shirt, and other gifts from our local outdoor store. Special thanks to our friends at Red Beard's for putting a fun spin on the roundup!  We intend to apply more fun competitive incentives at other events in the future.


At our next cleanup effort, we plan to ‘Plog The Earth’ on April 22 (Earth Day) with our partners Fleet Feet and Serda's Brewing Company. What is plogging? It’s the newest craze which combines jogging and picking up litter! Click the link above to learn more about this exciting event and sign up online. We hope to see you there!

Local Students #getSWAMPed: 4 Schools, 4 Watersheds, and 500+ Students Later!

Local Students #getSWAMPed: 4 Schools, 4 Watersheds, and 500+ Students Later!

AmeriCorps Members Angelica Howard and Leslie Revel, also known as the "SWAMP Ladies", recap their first few months at the helm of our rapidly expanding watershed awareness and monitoring program. 

Mobile Baykeeper Submits Comments on Bayou La Batre Sewage Permit

Mobile Baykeeper Submits Comments on Bayou La Batre Sewage Permit

Significant problems have plagued oyster harvesting in Portersville Bay for years and water quality remains a major issue in the area. ADEM now has the opportunity to solve many of the problems facing Portersville Bay and its water quality issues affecting oyster harvesting. This can only take place if ADEM works with other agencies, local businesses – especially the seafood industry and aquaculture – and local citizens and includes all relevant studies and data in the permitting process.

Reflecting on a Record-Setting Apple Snail Roundup

Reflecting on a Record-Setting Apple Snail Roundup

With 266 volunteers in attendance and 4,432 snails collected, this apple snail roundup was certainly one for the Baykeeper record books. 

Mobile Baykeeper Awarded $87,000 Grant to Expand Watershed Program into Fairhope

Mobile Baykeeper Awarded $87,000 Grant to Expand Watershed Program into Fairhope

Funding will enable Baykeeper to expand watershed education and monitoring program into Baldwin County at Fairhope High School.